Els' Rabbit Trails, Westerns

No NaNoWriMo Update.

We’re slightly beyond the halfway point of November and it is painfully obvious to me that the goal of writing 30,000 words this month is on the fast track to being a failed effort. Life, in all its messiness and complexities, has thrown lob after lob, each one landing square in the middle of my ability to knuckle down and write.

My initial inclination is to resist the urge to absolve myself. I set a goal, I should have done whatever it took to reach it. That, however, is the antithesis of the life we are trying to live and model for our children. Rather than a slacking off due to minutiae masquerading as busyness, there were genuinely more pressing matters to attend to which made it nearly impossible for me to sit down and focus enough to write those 1000 words a day. That’s before I’ve paused to further put things in order to serve Thanksgiving dinner to my family five days from now.

Time for a revamped strategy which will, unfortunately, have to wait until after the New Year is underway. That’s a slightly disappointing prospect as I generally frown on using the New Year as the answer to beginning anew what should be easy enough to accomplish in at any time of the year.

One thing I will be trying to accomplish is devoting significant amounts of time to reading and research so that when I am ready to dive back into writing in a few weeks, I’ll be more prepared to power out some significant portions of writing. To that end, I’ll close with this prayer by Thomas Aquinas; Ante Studium. I will be drawing on its inspiration as I move forward with my project:

Ineffable Creator, Who out of the treasures of Your wisdom appointed treble hierarchies of Angels and set them in admirable order high above the heavens; Who disposed the diverse portions of the universe in such elegant array; Who are the true Fountain of Light and Wisdom, and the all-exceeding Source:  Be pleased to cast a beam of Your radiance upon the darkness of my mind, and dispel from me the double darkness of sin and ignorance in which I have been born.

You Who make eloquent the tongues of little children, instruct my tongue and pour upon my lips the grace of Your benediction.  Grant me penetration to understand, capacity to retain, method and ease in learning, subtlety in interpretation, and copious grace of expression.

Order the beginning, direct the progress, and perfect the conclusion of my work, You Who are true God and Man, Who live and reign forever and ever.  Amen.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope to have a book review up early next week.

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9 thoughts on “No NaNoWriMo Update.”

  1. Amen and amen!

    “That, however, is the antithesis of the life we are trying to live and model for our children.”

    You know, I found this “antithesis” was often the clash that I ran into with parenting! Life was always pressing in on me (and D) with temptation to do the very opposite of what we wanted our kids to catch from us! … me thinks its fishy

    Good weekend to you as well!

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  2. Sense must reign supreme. And life changes things ’round. You’ve reminded me of a little blogging I wanted to do last weekend that I’ll take care of here as soon as the hair gets brushed. 🙂

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  3. E: Rather than a slacking off due to minutiae masquerading as busyness, there were genuinely more pressing matters to attend to which made it nearly impossible for me

    Astute post. Know exactly what you are referring to (double-digit family ages 2-50).

    Polite suggestion from experience: ditch big goals to focus on life’s structure to “create more time”. These require major life changes so take years to achieve but worth it:

    1. Firm schedule times: wake/workout/meals/prayer/bed. No exceptions.
    2. Firm whole meal schedule. Zero snacks. Shop 1 each 2 weeks.
    3. Zero processed food. Eat to fill on eggs/meat/vegs/organ meat/etc.
    4. No TV/radio. Schedule internet. Live where can walk; only drive 1/week.

    All this saves massive time. Accomplishments bloom. Why? Never sick (literally years). No doc visits. No cavities. Sleep well. New focus. Zero self-induced lifestyle problems. Like saving for a house versus being homeless, it’s worth the investment.

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  4. @smkoseki:

    That’s good counsel. I’m not as good at those as I should be. However, the stuff I am referring to is major stuff.

    Slab leak. Flooded room. Re-pipe whole house. New flooring in a couple of rooms. On top of normal life stuff.

    No amount of planning and discipline was going to stop the derailment this month, LOL

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  5. Life was always pressing in on me (and D) with temptation to do the very opposite of what we wanted our kids to catch from us! … me thinks its fishy

    Fishy indeed, since fish too are made of flesh! LOL.

    And we did have a splendid weekend, Robyn. Thanks!

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  6. Ouch with the slab leak–I’m no contractor, but that means huge issues throughout the house. Sorry to see that. (my rule of thumb in buying homes; I will, for a good price, deal with superficial issues….but when it comes to serious flaws in the foundation or framing, that’s when I skedaddle)

    Hang in there, and sounds like you’re doing what’s most important.

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  7. @bike:

    We’ve been in this house a long time. The foundation is sound. Husband is sure of that. I think you may be unfamiliar with the way houses are built in S. Florida.

    We had the house re-plumbed and are satisfied that the problem is rectified.

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  8. I’ve actually helped build them about the same way in Dallas and Phoenix–my mistake was to assume that a “slab leak” meant “leak caused by defects in the slab” rather than “leak below the slab bubbling up.” Glad to learn I was pessimistic in that regard.

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  9. Right. A “leak below the slab”. It’s actually a common problem with houses built around the time ours was. Copper pipes, under the foundation, start to spring leaks around the 25-year mark.

    Now they use PEX. We’ll see what the report card is on that in a few years.

    Bottom line is that my life was consumed with that stuff for over a week, then we had to get the house in order for company this past weekend, and then of course, Thanksgiving is in a few days. No writing was happening here.

    Perhaps next month…

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